Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Shawna Russell and Ricochet to Co-Star at July 4 "Summer Oil Patch Festival" in Drumright, Oklahoma

Fourth Annual Day-Long Concert Event Includes Special Musical Guests Bo Phillips, LiveWire and Flat River Band, a Children’s Fair, plus a Huge Fireworks Display

NASHVILLE, TN (June 22, 2011) – Oklahoma homegrown Country music talents, singer/songwriter Shawna Russell and award-winning group Ricochet, will co-star at the fourth annual "Summer Oil Patch Festival" on Monday, July 4, 2011, at the Sellers Ranch in Drumright, Oklahoma. Admission is free to the public. Gates open at 11:00 a.m.

The family-friendly all-day concert will also feature musical artists Bo Phillips, LiveWire and Flat River Band. A special children’s fair area, unique entertainers including skydivers and magicians and a huge fireworks display at dusk will add to the spectacle of what has become one of the state’s largest and most diverse Independence Day events. The show is co-sponsored by Keystone Gas Corporation, Pacer Energy Marketing and Budweiser.

"Bring your lawn chairs, your family and friends to enjoy a fun day," said Rick Sellers, President of Keystone Gas Corporation, co-sponsor and organizer of the event.

Shawna Russell, a native of Okemah, Oklahoma, has appeared at the event for the past three years, starting out as the opening act for BJ Thomas in 2008. Russell’s latest single, "Get Right Or Get Left," from her recently released self-titled sophomore album, is building steam at radio and the video for the song is currently playing at The Country Network,, and regional outlets across the country.

Ricochet (whose founding members singer Heath Wright, and bassist Greg Cook hail from Vian, Oklahoma) first rose to widespread fame with the #1 hit "Daddy’s Money" in 1996. Other chart songs include "What Do I Know," "Love Is Stronger Than Pride," and their signature Independence Day favorite, "The Star Spangled Banner," which landed the group in the record books when it was released and Ricochet became the first Country artist to place the song on the Billboard Country Singles chart.

Directions to Sellers Ranch in Drumright, OK: Go 2 mi. north of the Hwy. 33/16/99 Junction on Hwy. 99, then turn left on 101st and continue for ¼ mi. – follow signs. For additional information, phone (918) 352-2443.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Oklahoman Profiles Shawna and Her New CD

Shawna was featured in Brandy McDonnell's article on June 10, 2011 in The Okahoman's Look at OKC section. 

Click here to read the entire story. An excerpt is below:
Oklahoma singer Shawna Russell continues to live her music dream
Shawna Russell emerged as a country-rock “Goddess” with her 2008 debut album.
Crowned among the Country Music Association's “Who New to Watch,” the Okemah singer/songwriter/guitarist has now conjured up her self-titled second album, and she's come too far and worked too hard to get mired in the dreaded sophomore slump.
“It's just always one of those things where you just keep working and keep working and keep working, and then all the sudden somebody asks you to take a look behind, and you have to see how far you've come since you started. And that's what's always wonderful for me, that I've been able to progress as an artist and just been able to have the inspiration to write songs and to make new music,” Russell said in a phone interview Tuesday, the day she released her new album on her indie label, Way Out West Records.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Shawna Russell Releases Her Sophomore Album

Self-titled follow-up to Goddess takes a decidedly country turn

NASHVILLE, TN (June 7, 2011) – Oklahoma recording artist Shawna Russell has released her self-titled sophomore album on Way Out West Records. It is available today at iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and other digital and physical retailers.
Recorded in Nashville and Oklahoma City, and co-produced by Julian King (Grammy-winning engineer for Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Toby Keith), along with Clif Doyal and Tim Russell, the album reflects Russell’s growth as an artist and a maturity of her song-crafting skills. Russell wrote - or co-wrote - the 10 songs on the project and they provide the listener with a deeper personal connection to her varied influences and artistic expression. From the guitar-driven Country Rock sounds that are her trademark, to Southern-influenced Country R&B and mandolin-tinged Americana, ‘SHAWNA RUSSELL’ presents the Oklahoma songbird at a new creative pinnacle. The album has gained strong early reviews from Roughstock, Music News Nashville and Today’s Country Magazine and is supported with current features in the Tulsa World and Music News Nashville.
‘SHAWNA RUSSELL’ features legendary and stellar musicians, including drummers Russ Kunkel (Carly Simon, James Taylor), Shannon Forrest (2010 ACM “Top Percussionist/Drummer”) and Billy Thomas (Vince Gill); bassists David Santos (Elton John, John Fogerty) and Mike Brignardello (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sugarland); mandolin, banjo and acoustic guitarist, Bryan Sutton (2000-2006 IBMA “Guitar Player of the Year”); electric, slide and acoustic guitarist, Jon Conley (LeAnn Rimes, Wynonna); along with keyboardists Charles Judge (Bon Jovi, Rascal Flatts) and Jim “Moose” Brown (Jamey Johnson, Darius Rucker).
The first single from the album, “Get Right Or Get Left,” is gaining traction at radio and has received strong endorsements from critics, including Robert K. Oermann. The video for the song, directed by Mark Nicolosi, enjoyed a World Premiere at Yallwire and is currently spinning on The Country Network, and other outlets across the country. A second single, “Sounds Like A Party,” was released to the European market in May and climbed to #3 on the Hotdisc Top 40 chart last week after only three weeks.
"I am so happy to finally release my new album,” states Russell. “It is the culmination of my passion for creating music - and I can't wait to share it with everyone!"

-- June 7, 2011 --

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Shawna Featured in Tulsa World

June 5, 2011

Shawna was featured in a Tulsa World "Scene" article by Jennifer Chancellor today. Click here to read the article. An excerpt is below:

Shawna Russell rises to country music fame from home in Green Country. 
She was raised in the land of Woody Guthrie. This country music tough girl still calls it her home.
"I don't want to live anywhere else. I can travel to Nashville or L.A. or wherever, really."